25 07, 2016

Enhancing Your Events with Rx

By | July 25th, 2016|WRITELINE|0 Comments

I was recently working on a walkthrough library that I can reuse in my apps, and I wanted to blend the background colors together as you swipe through each page using a scroll event. After implementing it, I planned to add animations and other effects in the same way. Turns out this wasn't as straight forward as I [...]

6 06, 2016

Xamarin Evolve 2016 – Why You Should Be Building Better Mobile Apps with Reactive Programming

By | June 6th, 2016|WRITELINE|0 Comments

Earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to be selected again as a presenter at Xamarin Evolve. Evolve is an amazing conference and Xamarin's passion for its developers really shines through. Being able to talk about a topic that I am massively passionate only helped my excitement. This year, I presented on Why You Should Be Building [...]

27 03, 2015

Xamarin.iOS Control ID Generator for Xamarin.UITest

By | March 27th, 2015|WRITELINE|0 Comments

We have been setting up a bunch of our projects lately to test with Xamarin's awesome UI Testing framework, Xamarin.UITest. The general setup is pretty straightforward, but one of the biggest hurdles we have is consistently identifying controls for iOS. It doesn't matter if we used Storyboards or did everything in code, getting consistent [...]

18 03, 2015

Eight-Bot featured in Illinois Technology Association’s Spotlight

By | March 18th, 2015|WRITELINE|0 Comments

Eight-Bot brings businesses into the future. We do that by helping our clients develop solutions to Integrate, Automate and Modernize their business. Whether it is helping them breathe new life to their existing systems with APIs and custom integration or creating mobile applications to put your business in the palm of your hand, we are always looking for [...]

4 02, 2014

Amazon Device Messaging (ADM) with Xamarin.Android

By | February 4th, 2014|.Net, Developer, WRITELINE, Xamarin|0 Comments

Amazon Device Messaging (ADM) is the recommended method for sending push notifications to the Kindle. Unfortunately we cannot use Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) as it relies on the Google Services Framework which is not installed on the Kindle. This article will provide some direction on how to utilize ADM in your app using Xamarin. CODE [...]

1 02, 2014

Today’s API is Not Your Father’s API

By | February 1st, 2014|Business, WRITELINE|0 Comments

I have thought about APIs quite a bit lately.  It’s what keeps me up at night.   I am NOT one of those tech guys who like to talk about exactly how business models, data access layers, and RESTful APIs are going to change the way IT operates. You see I grew up with a different [...]

14 10, 2013

Chicago Startup Weekend and Intro to Mobile Development

By | October 14th, 2013|General, Mobile, WRITELINE, Xamarin|0 Comments

Chicago .NET Developers and Eight-Bot are hosting a Startup Weekend Mobile Bootcamp on Wednesday October 16th. In this talk, Michael Stonis of Eight-Bot will walk through the Xamarin suite and how it can be used to develop cross-platform mobile applications using the .NET framework. Details and RSVP information can be found here. Eight-Bot will also be participating as coaches [...]

30 09, 2013

Coin Drop – iOS 7 Dynamic Animation and Behavior Example Using Xamarin.iOS

By | September 30th, 2013|WRITELINE, Xamarin|0 Comments

iOS 7 adds a plethora of new APIs for deveopers to dig into, but most interesting ones, in my opinion, are UIKit Dynamics. UIKit dynamics adds the ability for developers to leverage a 2d physics engine in just a few lines of code. The following code example shows how easy it is to implement UIKit Dynamics [...]

20 06, 2013

Eight-Bot is Presenting Xamarin’s Mobile Tools @ Chicago .Net Developers Downtown on July 10th

By | June 20th, 2013|WRITELINE|0 Comments

We will be presenting on mobile application development using C# and Visual Studio at the Chicago .Net Developers Downtown Users' Group on July 10th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Echo Global Logistics (map). We will be discussing how this madness is possible, providing some feedback on mobile development, reviewing some application code and [...]

4 04, 2013

XNode Performance Comparison: ToString() VS XNode.DeepEquals()

By | April 4th, 2013|.Net, Developer|0 Comments

A few weeks back, I developed an XML message parser and cleaner for Healthcare CDA messages. As part of the project, I needed to do a comparison of two nodes to see if they contained the same content. For the first run, I just called XNode.ToString() on the nodes and performed a string comparison. Everything [...]